Where to begin? If you are not a person that is accustomed to eating lots of fruits and vegetables, set a doable goal for yourself. For instance, set a goal to eat 10 different fruits and vegetables over the course of a week, (I probably do this in a day!). This time of year is especially easy...fruits and vegetables are abundant! Go to a local farmer's market...they are popping up all over the place...or just go to you local grocery store. Buy apples, pears, bananas, grapes, oranges, a watermelon, tomatoes, green leafy vegetables, colorful peppers, cucumbers, mushrooms....there, you are over the 10 fruits and vegetables.....it's EASY! Just get into the habit of eating fruits and vegetables everyday.
Many people are scared off by leafy greens. Don't be! First of all, they are the most nutritious food on this planet...they are LOADED with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytochemicals....all the powerhouse nutrients our body needs to fight off all the toxins we are exposed to daily. If you have never had kale or Swiss chard for instance, let me tell you a really easy, delicious way to get them in your diet. Just cut up whatever greens you have. Put a small amount of water in a pan and get the pan hot. Place the cut up greens in the water and just steam until they are softened. Then, mix this FABULOUS sauce on the greens....you will be eating the WHOLE PAN full!!
This is probably one of the BEST sauces I ever ate!!!
OMG WALNUT SAUCE
1 cup of walnuts
dash of Bragg's liquid amminos, (healthier version of soy sauce)
2 garlic cloves
1/4 c to 1/2 cup of water
Put walnuts, Bragg's, and garlic in a blender and add about 1/4 cup of water to start. Blend--the mixture begins to turn white and creamy. Depending on how thick or thin you want this sauce, you may or may not want to add more water. This is so flavorful--I'm telling you, you could eat the whole pan!! This can be used as a salad dressing, dip, sandwich spread or sauce to put on anything.
Or, you could just chop up some onions and garlic and throw them in a pan with a little bit of water to saute. Once the onions and garlic are softened, add a little more water and Braggs, throw your greens in to soften and mix everything together. The whole process will take less than 10 minutes. Of course, you can throw in anything you want with the greens...maybe some mushrooms or peppers, some type of beans like white, red or black....anything. It really is very simple to get greens in your diet very deliciously!
And, there are so many greens to choose from....there's red, green, and yellow Swiss chard, collard greens, mustard greens, spinach, and of course, the powerhouse of them all--kale. There's green to red to dinosaur kale, (the best in my opinion). I'm telling you, if you think you don't like leafy greens, you have to try that walnut sauce--I promise you, you will change your mind!!
So, go to your local farmer's market or grocery store and buy 3-5 bundles of greens and try them this week. I wrap the greens in a dampened paper towel and put them in the crisper. Once you start eating greens more frequently, your body will start craving them---and believe me they are the MOST HEALTHY foods you can put in your body.
Your body will reward you like you wouldn't believe......